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Published on Jun 29, 2009
"Old Soldiers Never Die" (They Just Fade Away) A Tribute to General Douglas MacArthur Words and Music by Frank Westphal Vocal by Herb Jeffries with Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Jeff Alexander. Edited with fragments of Mac Arthur's farewell speech to Congress before the Joint Meeting, April 19, 1951.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Herb Jeffries, who sang with Duke Ellington and starred in early black westerns as a singing cowboy known as "the Bronze Buckaroo" — a nickname that evoked his malleable racial identity — died on Sunday (5/26/2014) in West Hills, Calif. He was believed to be 100.